Owl Class

Autumn Term 2016 in the Owl Class

Wow what a busy first term in school we have had in the Owl Class! We learned the poem The Owl and the Pussycat, complete with actions. The Owl and the Pussycat have sent us lots of letters and presents as they have sailed around the world in their beautiful pea green boat. Each week they have taught us about a different country. We discovered about the Native Americans and made dream catchers. We started corresponding with a kindergarten class in California and learned about what school and life is like in America. We celebrated Elephant Appreciation day when we learned about Thailand and printed our own colourful elephants. When learning about Mexico we found out about the Day of the Dead celebrations and tested Mexican wedding cakes. We sampled Greek dips and learned about the goddess Athena, whose symbol was the owl. We listened to traditional tales that were written in France and enjoyed crepes with lemon and sugar. We learned about the Hindu and Sikh festival of Diwali and made yummy Indian sweets.

Enjoying smores and singing songs around the campfire and making dreamcatchers when learning about America.

We have been listening to traditional tales and using these as a basis for our learning. We have been discovering how to make storyboards and using these to sequence a story. We have been thinking about the characters and settings and learning how to describe these using adjectives. We have been learning about the components that make up a story and trying to create our own. We have also used more modern stories, such as Stickman by Julia Donaldson, to stimulate our learning. We have had Secret Readers come in and share more stories with us too, which we love. As part of learning about stories we took a trip to Norwich Puppet Theatre where we made rod puppet characters from the stories that we enjoy.

Creating our favourite characters, such as Rapunzel and the Gruffalo, at Norwich Puppet Theatre.

Going on a Bear Hunt with Ezra, one of our Secret Readers, and huffing and puffing on our leaf men characters.

Recently it was our 50th day of learning in school so to celebrate we had a 1950s party. We came to school dressed in 50s style clothes. We learned about life in the 1950s and found out lots of interesting, and some surprising, facts about life at that time. In the morning we only had out toys which would have been available in the 1950s, which limited our choice considerably! We played Elvis and had lots of dancing. In the afternoon we watched some 1950s children’s television. Then we had more dancing and learnt The Cha Cha Cha. We played some 1950s party games. We finished off our afternoon with some 1950s party food – jelly and custard.

Dancing 1950s style

We have also been busy starting our Phonics and Mathematics sessions, learning lots of skills that will help us this year. We have been working through Phases 1 and 2 of Letters and Sounds and are becoming excellent at recognising, pronouncing and writing our phonemes and graphemes. We are learning to write our names and other words using the correct letter formations. We have been counting and learning lots of number rhymes. We have also been learning all about 2d and 3d shapes and thinking about other aspects of shape and measure, such as size.

Exploring numbers and measuring with our Stickmen

We are now busy preparing for Christmas and rehearsing our Nativity play.